The mayor of Pattaya, khu. Sonthaya Khunplume, tried on social media yesterday to allay concerns about the rapidly spreading “Omicron” Covid-19 variant in Pattaya and how the city is handling the situation.
Mayor Sonthaya stated that all precautions and protective measures are being taken, including the deployment of PCR testing at screening checkpoints for alcohol-serving locations.
The mayor also stated that the city would continue to host major events every month for 2022 as they have significantly boosted local tourism, especially domestic, based on the results of weekend events over the past few months.
He further stated that the city has shown that it knows how to conduct events safely under the Covid19 precautions and that if the situation in Omicron continued to worsen, officials could respond with more measures, such as PCR testing. to enter event areas and to allow only fully vaccinated visitors to attend the events. The exact precautions depend on the current Covid19 situation and the type of event.
Major events for this month include the Jet Ski World Cup taking place mid-month in Jomtien, January 12-16 near the Jomtien Night Market. It has not yet been decided whether fans will be admitted, as it depends not only on local rules but also on event organizers representing athletes and athletic organizations.
The Walk and Eat festival continues every weekend in Naklua.
In February, the city will host a Chinese New Year’s festival and Valentine’s Day festival, details of which will follow in the coming weeks.
Another music festival is scheduled for March with Thai top artists for a whole month.
For April, the city is planning a big Songkran (Thai New Year) festival, which is normally the biggest event of the year for Pattaya, but has been cancelled (at least the “fun” parts of concerts, bars, water play, etc.) for The past two years. However, according to the mayor, it was far too early to determine whether the festival would be “only traditional” like 2021 due to Covid19 concerns or whether water wars and the “fun” aspects of Songkran would be allowed for the first time since 2019.
The mayor stressed that Pattaya had to “live with Covid19” and while all plans were subject to change, the city moved ahead with the major event schedule for Q1 2022.
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